Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Topflight Stamps 3rd Birthday Hop!

It is Topflight Stamps 3rd birthday and to celebrate I have been invited to team up with some great designers to showcase birthday cards using the unique products available at Topflight Stamps. Please hop along with us and see all the beautiful talent from this group of amazing designers! You should have arrived here from Lisa Hoel's blog. If not, no worries, catch the details below.

Follow along here and if you get lost you can always start at the Topflight Stamp Blog.


Of course, it wouldn’t be a birthday celebration without prizes! Topflight Stamps is giving one lucky winner a $50 Gift Certificate to the store. But wait, there is more, each stop on the hop has an additional $15 Gift Certificate up for grabs for some lucky commenter. For a chance to win, make sure to visit every stop on the hop and leave a comment by March 28th. Winners will be announced on the Topflight Stamps blog on March 31st. Good Luck!

And so to my project to celebrate Topflight's Birthday - a birthday card and gift tag using PaperArtsy stamps and Infusions.

 Raquel (aka Scrapcosy) are ALWAYS my go to stamps and this set in particular (ESC04) is one of my all time favourites.

Combine them with PaperArtsy Raspberry Infusions and you have a wonderful base to layer some vintage elements to make a lovely 3D birthday card.

And so here is how it came together:

I always use my Infusions on a base of PaperArtsy Fresco Chalk Paint as it lightens the colours and allows more water to be added. So my Smoothy Cardstock was painted first with Chalk Fresco and then the stamp white embossed to provide the texture for the Infusions.

Don't you just LoVE all those wonderful colours in the little pot of Infusions! I spray with water first, sprinkle the Infusions and then add more water, mopping up here and there to get puddles and lighter areas.

I stamped the text stamp to the right of the main image with Archival Tree Branch Ink, stamping off first so I got a lighter colour.

I machine stitched my base to piece of contrasting card, catching the die cut doily as I did so. I find it easier to machine stitch the cardstock rather than glueing it when it has had alot of product thrown at it.

I dyed some seam binding in Seedless Preserves Distress Ink and embossed a butterfly from the stamp set using white embossing powder and the Infusions again.

The tag was made from leftovers. I cut the tag first and then die cut pieces to fit using a piece of lace to cover the join.

So let's celebrate Topflight Stamp's Birthday!

Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop!

Happy Crafting!

Jennie x

Friday, 6 March 2020

Celebrating My Love of Mixed Media

Today we are celebrating our sixth birthday at A Vintage Journey.
I can't believe we have been creating in our shabby vintage steampunk style for so long!

As always our fabulously creative Brenda (Bumblebees and Butterflies), the founder of A Vintage Journey,  has challenged us to celebrate our art and craft and so I am celebrating my absolute LoVE of assemblage mixed media.

I will never ever tire of this mixed media art form. It doesn't always go to plan ...... my canvas went through a few different stages before I was happy with the outcome!

I love using paper clay elements (the butterfly and button) .....

..... and a combination of flowers, some painted during the process and others added afterwards.

I love adding textures in the form of scrim and texture paste and then layering over the top lace, metal, paper clay and wood embellishments along with some paper flowers. It all starts coming together when gesso is added.

A little bit of stamping here and there ........

.... then adding colour with A Bit Jaded Infusions from PaperArtsy and adding wax and gold seed beads. In order to lift the overall colour a little, I added a few white and light blue flowers.

And finally, painting gesso here and there to add a little contrast.

So what will you celebrate with us? Just link your project to our challenge blog post and if it is not really obvious then do share with us how your project relates to our celebration theme. 

You can find all the details of our challenge by hopping over to the blog HERE and also get the chance to see all the wonderfully inspirational celebration projects created by the other Creative Guides.

Thank you for joining me and I hope you have a fabulous creative weekend.

Jennie x

Sunday, 1 March 2020

Feel Good Wrap Around Junk Journal

Hi Everyone and thank you for joining me today, the first of the month. And may I welcome those of you who have started following my blog just recently. I really do appreciate you joining me on this creative journey.

This is a scheduled post as I shall be in the lovely little town of Ballyvaughn, on the West Coast of Ireland and totally immersed in my concertina and Irish music!  But as always the first of the month is the prompt for our Mini Album Makers challenge. We love seeing all your wonderful albums ..... there is no theme, just post whatever album you have finished during the month.

So what do I have for you this month ...... well I decided over the New Year to sort all my old patterned papers and cardstock into colour batches and so I have grabbed the green bag and have made a wopper of a junk journal using up loads of bits and pieces and Eileen Hull's fabulous Wrap Journal Die. It really is a FEEL GOOD journal as my green bag is now nearly empty !!!!

See what I mean about being a wopper!

Not only have I used up all the green papers but also lots of mop up tags and bits and pieces.

No piece of paper was too small!

Even the front cover was decorated with an alcohol ink piece made about five years ago! And I have tried a new type of closure for this journal die too.

And so for a tutorial ..... it is very long so do bear with me!

I started with the green bag and took out as many of the pieces as possible which seemed to fit together in terms of hues and patterns.

I then attacked my "bits" box and found some co-ordinating pieces which seemed to match the green papers. This gave me a little kit to work with.

I started cutting some of the larger pieces of patterned paper 4 3/4" x 6 1/2" and folding/scoring them at 3 1/4". Little books started to come together. I used some plain papers as well - cream and tea dyed papers. Once the books started taking shape I fitted in smaller pieces inside.

Fourteen signatures in all !

I then sewed the individual signatures, piercing five holes and sewing them together. There is a very useful video HERE : Lemon Tree DIY Kettle Stitch Bookbinding. I have used this for the last few months for all my sewn signatures and find it works well.

The finished signatures bound on the spine look like this .....

...... and the inside looks like this!

And so to the cover. I cut the wrapped journal from matt board and then covered it in pieces with brown kraft cardstock. My patterned papers were a little small so I needed something to act as a background.

I am trying a different type of closure with this journal and punched two holes in the "wrap flap" !

Two pieces of ribbon were threaded through from the reverse side and stuck down with tape.

I was then able to cover this up with more Kraft cardstock.

Time to stick the signatures into the book. They are a bit heavy so I have used LoADS of tape!!!

The only problem with tape is that you don't get any "wriggle room" when you set it down onto the covers. It's a little lower than I would like but it worked ok.

I then used some left over papers to decorate the inside - in places it is just pieces! The lighter green strip on the right hand side is a small pocket.

Now everything was stuck down I was able to punch two holes in the front cover so the ribbons could be threaded through.

Once I knew where these were going to lie I could then decorate the front cover.

Well ...... thank you and well done if you are still here! I hope this gives you some ideas for using up lots of scrap paper and make a really feel good junk journal ! And why not join us in our challenge this month and you may win a prize from our sponsor - this month Stencil Girl Products. Do hop on over to Mini Album Makers to see what the rest of the team have been creating and for more details of the challenge.

Have a great crafting month!

Jennie x

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Time Is A Dressmaker

I am over at PaperArtsy tonight with a fun sewing project for our "On This Tag" theme. 

I do hope you can join me there!

Jennie x

Tutorial: Bookcase using Eileen Hull Dies

Hello and welcome to you all. 

I was playing around with Eileen Hull's Gift Box Die the other day and decided to stand it on its end and found that it made a great little bookcase for two small books made using Eileen's Pocket Notebook Die and a small box made using her Stamp and Photo Storage Die (see the end of the blog post for the details of the dies used).

It does use quite a lot of patterned paper so you will see that I have had to piece bits here and there to get the box and the two books out of this set of Maja Design Papers left over from a workshop.

I have used some of Eileen's flower dies to make the white flower and I'll give a link to that tutorial at the end of the blog post too.

This is the vintage box I made some time ago and found that it fitted in the bookcase beautifully!

So here is how it came together:

I used the Gift Box Die in exactly the same way that Eileen made her Valentines Box. I unfortunately didn't take any photographs of the cutting and glueing together as I was just going to make a box the same as Eileen's but you can click the link below to go to the video to see how she put the box pieces together.


I felt the back of my box needed to be more secure as it was going to stand up so I used washi tape to hold it together. Once you start adding papers it becomes much more sturdy.

The piece that had been cut off from the third die cut I glued to the inside base of the box to make it more secure.

I covered the sides and top with patterned papers folding about 1/2" over the back. I managed to cut one 4 1/4" x 12" piece scoring it at 7 1/2" which covered the top and one side. Then a further piece 4 1/4" x 7 1/2" to cover the other side piece. Hope that makes sense!

It is helpful to cut a little notch from the sides of the papers so they fold and glue a little easier.

Here you can see how it is taking shape and I have started adding patterned paper to the inside. I had to keep trimming this a little, then a little more so I could get a good fit. This piece was two bits which didn't meet in the middle so I had to add a little strip of sentiment.

I like using dark colours inside boxes - it gives them a bit of depth.

I used some fancy scallop cuts to decorate the sides - which also covered the join the paper! and I covered one of the larger scallops with patterned paper and glued it to the inside top of the box.

I made two books using the Pocket Notebook Die. I cut my papers separately as I didn't have any big pieces left! I have used another of the scallop cuts to add a little interest to the front of the book.

I always like to add a little ribbon to the spine of the book.

More pieceing on the back cover so this little sentiment strip came in handy!

This was the second book which I kept quite simple just making a small collage on the front.

If you are still with me well done and I hope this gives you some ideas for using some of Eileen's dies in different ways.

Thank you for joining me and happy crafting!
Jennie x

The Dies I have used are:

Eileen Hull Gift Box with Scallop Edges (Sissix 664345)
Eileen Hull Pocket Notebook (Sissix 663638)
Eileen Hull Stamp and Photo Storage (Sissix 662359)

You can see the flower tutorial by clicking the link HERE: